Funded Projects

Evaluation Juries

A jury of experts evaluates all projects that apply for production support through our Experimental Stream and Aboriginal Program, using a criteria-based evaluation process. Projects are selected for support based on the results of this process, and available funding.

The jury provides an external perspective on innovation, and assesses the experience of the production and creative teams on their capacity to deliver the projects submitted for funding.

Our Evaluation Process


Successful applications are determined using a selective process in reference to an evaluation grid. The four basic assessment criteria and their respective weightings for funding are:
 
  • Experience and past achievements of the production/development team
  • Innovation and advancement of the project
  • The business plan, including the viability of the project and the financial stability of the applicant
  • The distribution strategy

The jury does not evaluate applications for development and marketing support.

Recent Jury Members

  • Adriana Chartrand
  • Ana Cecilia Springefeldt
  • Annelise Larson
  • Audrey Pacart
  • Domenico La Porta
  • Elizabeth LaPensée
  • Emilia Zboralska
  • Francis Ingrand
  • Joël Bassaget
  • Jonathan Lessard
  • Jordan Molaro
  • Kelly-Lynne Ashton
  • Laura Milliken
  • Laurent Guérin
  • Liz Rosenthal
  • Lori Schwartz
  • Mark Greenspan
  • Melissa Mollen Dupuis
  • Nadia Seraiocco
  • Noemie Dupuy
  • Olaf Hirschberg
  • Philippe Pasquier
  • Pierre Cattan
  • Rachel Noonan
  • Sylvain Rivard
  • Tina Keeper
  • Tina Merry
  • Véronique Marino
  • Wendy L. Bernfeld
  • Will Saunders

Annelise Larson

Fiscal Year

2018 - 2019|2015 - 2016|2014 - 2015|2013 - 2014

Jury Type

Innovation|Innovation|Innovation|Innovation

Round

2|2|1|2

City

Saskatoon

Country

Canada

Description:

Annelise Larson comes from a background as an independent producer, with training at such prestigious institutions as the Canadian Film Centre (Pro...

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Annelise Larson comes from a background as an independent producer, with training at such prestigious institutions as the Canadian Film Centre (Producers’ Lab) and Banff Centre for the Arts (Electronic and Film Media). Since 1995 she has been working in the field of online marketing and has always been an avid gamer and consumer of digital content. She works extensively with government organizations and production companies in the film, television and interactive industries in North America. Her focus is helping content creators and storytellers use the digital opportunity to define, find, attract and engage their audiences and work toward strategic and sustainable business models. She has sat on the Interactive Fund jury for BC Film + Media (now Creative BC), the Experimental Stream jury for the CMF, has taught across the country on behalf of such organizations as Telefilm Canada, the Canadian Film Centre, Women in Film, and the National Screen Institute, and is a highly sought after speaker for media festivals and conferences. Annelise has developed and implemented marketing strategies and gathered and analyzed online data for digital and screen media products as diverse as social TV apps, transmedia experiences, webisode series, feature films, television series and production companies themselves. Her online course Becoming a Storypreneur has been taught to media storytellers across Canada and in conjunction with Boost Hbg in Sweden to rave reviews. Currently, Annelise is excited to be working on launching a suite of webinars to teach how to think and work like a storypreneur and to bring the filmmaker crowdfunding and VOD platform Seed&Spark to Canada.

Audrey Pacart

Fiscal Year

2018 - 2019|2017 - 2018|2016 - 2017

Jury Type

Innovation|Innovation|Web Series

Round

2|2|1

City

Montréal

Country

Canada

Description:

After more than 15 years as an executive producer on more than thirty films and television series, Audrey Pacart then went on to manage the content...

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After more than 15 years as an executive producer on more than thirty films and television series, Audrey Pacart then went on to manage the content, programming and digital strategy of Tou.tv and Groupe V Média. Currently, within her new company, Very Story, she acts as an immersive content consultant and helps digital producers as well as artistic and cultural agencies to develop VR/AR financing and distribution strategies as well as installation projects. She also coaches and mentors creators while they develop their projects, namely in Columbia and France. Audrey regularly facilitates creative workshops and is currently working on the production of a VR fiction selected during the last Gap Financing Market at the 2018 Venice Festival.

Laurent Guérin

Fiscal Year

2019 - 2020|2018 - 2019

Jury Type

Innovation|Innovation

Round

1|2

City

Toronto

Country

Canada

Description:

Laurent Guérin is a digital transformation expert specializing in content creation, development and distribution strategies. He is currently Vice P...

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Laurent Guérin is a digital transformation expert specializing in content creation, development and distribution strategies. He is currently Vice President of Digital Content at Postmedia Network Inc. Prior to his current post, Guérin was one of the visionaries to whom we owe TFO’s success in the digital realm. He was successively Chief Content Officer and Vice President, Chief Content and Digital Officer. His judicious strategic direction, innovative choices and leadership were essential to giving TFO a new look. Guérin is a well-known figure on both sides of the Atlantic for his enthusiasm for digital content and platforms, and his ability to make bold creative contributions. In 2016, he was one of the Cynopsis Digital “It List” Award recipients, an award honouring the best movers and shakers in digital content, marketing, advertising, social media and online content. During his tenure at TFO, Guérin and his teams were awarded many distinctions: a Gemini for the BRBR application in 2017; a Gemini for the Rêve de Champlain website in 2015; a special NUMIX jury mention for Wuxia le Renard, also in 2015; and two YouTube Silver Play Buttons for the Mini Dorémi and Mini ABC YouTube channels. Guérin is an MBA graduate of IUA San Francisco, offering vast marketing and business development experience.

Liz Rosenthal

Fiscal Year

2018 - 2019|2017 - 2018|2016 - 2017|2011 - 2012

Jury Type

Innovation|Innovation|Innovation|Innovation

Round

2|2|1|2

City

London

Country

United Kingdom

Description:

A pioneer of immersive and interactive storytelling, specialising in audiovisual innovation. Liz Rosenthal specialises in boosting the digital pote...

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A pioneer of immersive and interactive storytelling, specialising in audiovisual innovation. Liz Rosenthal specialises in boosting the digital potential of creators, institutions and media business. She is the founder and CEO of Power the Pixel and programmer of immersive content for Venice International Film Festival’s Venice VR, the official competition section and Venice Production Bridge Finance Market. Throughout her career, Liz has helped international media businesses and creatives to innovate and adapt to changing audiences. As a consultant for leading international festivals,  international media organisations, national and regional funds, Liz shares her expertise in innovation strategies to help creators and businesses to ideate, finance and distribute immersive and interactive projects. Liz is a board director of The Space (BBC and Arts Council England commissioning fund for digital arts projects), an advisory board member of Immerse UK whose content subgroup she runs and Mediamorfosis. She is a member of BAFTA, the International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences and a fellow of the RSA. She has served as a jury member for numerous festivals and project funding programmes.  Liz is invited regularly to keynote at international conferences and film festivals including Berlin, Cannes, Hong Kong, Dubai, London.

Mark Greenspan

Fiscal Year

2018 - 2019|2017 - 2018|2016 - 2017

Jury Type

Commercial Projects Pilot Program|Innovation|Innovation

Round

1|2|2

City

Toronto

Country

Canada

Description:

Mark Greenspan has spent the last 20 years supporting digital media and advertising professionals. He has done this by building a wide variety of i...

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Mark Greenspan has spent the last 20 years supporting digital media and advertising professionals. He has done this by building a wide variety of industry recognized training and business development programs. Mark started off is career during the first dot com boom working with internet consultancy firm Razorfish in London and Milan where he sold and delivered digital solutions to Fortune 500 clients. He then went on to run the training programs for the Canadian Film Centre’s Digital Media Accelerator and build nextMEDIA and the Digi Awards. Most recently he founded The Digital Growth Lab which created influenceTHIS, Canada’s first conference series and marketplace dedicated to influencer marketing. Mark holds a Masters of Education from the University of Toronto and is passionate about building inclusive business ecosystems that create economic impact.

Nicholas Fortugno

Fiscal Year

2018 - 2019|2017 - 2018|2016 - 2017

Jury Type

Innovation|Innovation|Innovation

Round

1|1|2

City

New York

Country

USA

Description:

Nick Fortugno is a game designer and entrepreneur of digital and real-world games based in New York City, and a founder of Playmatics, a game devel...

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Nick Fortugno is a game designer and entrepreneur of digital and real-world games based in New York City, and a founder of Playmatics, a game development company. Playmatics has created a variety of digital and real-world games for organization including Red Bull, AMC (such as the CableFAX award winning Breaking Bad: The Interrogation), Disney, American Museum of Natural History, the Corporation of Public Broadcasting, the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, and the Red Cross/Red Crescent. For the past ten years, Fortugno has been a designer, writer and project manager on dozens of commercial and serious games, and served as lead designer on the downloadable blockbuster Diner Dash and the award-winning serious game Ayiti: The Cost of Life.  Nick is also a co-founder of the Come Out and Play street games festival hosted in New York City and Amsterdam since 2006, and co-creator of the Big Urban Game for Minneapolis/St. Paul in 2003. Nick teaches game design and interactive narrative design at Parsons The New School of Design, and has participated in the construction of the school’s game design curriculum. He holds a BA in Literature and Philosophy from Purchase College and is currently completing his MFA in Design and Technology. Some of Nick’s writing about games can be found in the anthology Well-Played 1.0: Video Game, Value, and Meaning, published by ETC-Press.

Olaf Hirschberg

Fiscal Year

2018 - 2019

Jury Type

Innovation

Round

2

City

Cologne

Country

Germany

Description:

Prof. Olaf Hirschberg has been working as media artist, director, director of photography and producer for the last 20 years. He shot and produced ...

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Prof. Olaf Hirschberg has been working as media artist, director, director of photography and producer for the last 20 years. He shot and produced more than a dozen feature films and documentaries that premiered on international film festivals, including Berlinale, Montreal, Karlovy Vary. His work includes numerous video installations and VR/AR experiences. He was artist in residence at Le Fresnoy—Studio national des arts contemporains (Tourcoing, France) and received several grants, including VFF Producers Business Angel Grant Munich, Mediengründerzentrum NRW and the Artist Union Cologne. He is currently working on VR Applications that increase immersion using sensitive robotics.

Philippe Pasquier

Fiscal Year

2018 - 2019|2017 - 2018|2016 - 2017

Jury Type

Innovation|Innovation|Innovation

Round

2|2|2

City

Vancouver

Country

Canada

Description:

Philippe Pasquier researches creative processes and generative systems. He is both a scientist specialized in artificial intelligence, a multidisci...

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Philippe Pasquier researches creative processes and generative systems. He is both a scientist specialized in artificial intelligence, a multidisciplinary artist, an educator, and a community builder. His contributions range from theoretical research in multi-agent systems, computational creativity, creative AI and machine learning, to applied artistic research and practice in digital art, computer music, and generative art. Philippe is an associate professor in the School for Interactive Arts and Technology, where he directs the Metacreation Lab for Creative AI, and an adjunct professor in Cognitive Science at Simon Fraser University.

Philippe’s artistic work has been shown in prominent venues on all five continents, including at Ars Electronica (Austria), Les Bains Numériques (France), Centre Pompidou (France), Earzoom Festival (Slovenia), GMEA (France), IRCAM (France), ISEA 2012 (Turkey), ISEA 2014 (Dubai), ISEA 2016 (Hong Kong), ISEA 2017 (Columbia), the Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal (Canada), Mutek Festival (Canada), Plus One Gallery (USA), Space One (Korea), Sydney Biennale (Australia), Vooruit (Belgium), and ZKM (Germany).

Philippe was founding chair and investigator of the International Workshop on Musical Metacreation (MUME), the MUME concerts series, the International ACM Conference on Movement and Computation (MOCO), and was the director of the Vancouver edition of the International Symposium on Electronic Arts (ISEA 2015). He has co-authored over 130 peer-reviewed contributions presented in the most rigorous scientific venues. His online class on Generative Art and Computational Creativity for SFU in partnership with Kadenze.com is the most popular of its kind.

Philippe’s projects have gained support and recognition from more than 20 scientific or cultural institutions including the Canadian Council for the Arts (CCA), the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC), the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC), France’s Ministère de la Culture et de la Communication, the European Community, the Australian Research Council and the Australian Council for the Arts.

Rachel Noonan

Fiscal Year

2018 - 2019|2017 - 2018|2016 - 2017

Jury Type

Commercial Projects Pilot Program|Innovation|Innovation

Round

1|2|2

City

Toronto

Country

Canada

Description:

Rachel Noonan has 14 years of experience in strategy development, integrated consumer brand marketing and insight development in the entertainment ...

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Rachel Noonan has 14 years of experience in strategy development, integrated consumer brand marketing and insight development in the entertainment and media industries. She has worked in film, fashion, technology and music; leading efforts for brands such as Pony Footwear, The Canadian Film Centre, Worldwide Short Film Festival, Alliance (now eOne), Rdio/Vdio, Samsung and Microsoft. She has also consulted for organizations such as the CRTC and Dine Alone Records; providing intelligence about the digital media business landscape and advising on consumer engagement planning. Rachel has launched two brands during her career, re-launched a heritage brand, developed first-to-market API integration partnerships and helped build a hybrid technology/music brand from the ground up. She has a Masters of Design in Strategic Foresight and Innovation from OCAD University, and has spoken on numerous panels about arts, innovation, and how to engage audiences with authenticity. She is currently the Director of Audience Development at the Toronto International Film Festival.

Wendy L. Bernfeld

Fiscal Year

2018 - 2019|2016 - 2017|2015 - 2016|2013 - 2014|2012 - 2013|2011 - 2012|2010 - 2011|2010 - 2011

Jury Type

Innovation|Web Series|Innovation|Innovation|Innovation|Innovation|Innovation|Innovation

Round

2|1|2|1|2|2|2|1

City

Amsterdam

Country

Netherlands

Description:

Wendy Bernfeld is founder and managing director of Rights Stuff (Europe), working internationally. She specializes in content acquisition, distribu...

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Wendy Bernfeld is founder and managing director of Rights Stuff (Europe), working internationally. She specializes in content acquisition, distribution,  and related strategy, curation and rights advice for and to traditional and digital platforms. For example she draws upon a comprehensive internal database of international VOD buyers, to help producers and distributors achieve fuller exploitation of the overseas digital distribution marketplace beyond just the Big5. Occasionally she picks up select films and series  for international digital distribution. She’s further active on the biz and brokering side of SVOD “Originals’’ deals as well as web and VR content acquisition and distribution via alternative buyers or funders.

Originally from Montréal, Wendy has over 25 years’ experience in Europe and North America in film, pay TV, and program acquisition, as well as production, distribution, and program channel (linear and nonlinear) start-up. Prior to founding Rights Stuff in 1999, she was CEO of Canal+ International Acquisitions and Managing Director of Alliance-Atlantis International in Europe, after her earlier years in pay TV with The Movie Network (Toronto). Wendy has a Juris Doctor/Bachelor of Laws Degree from Queen’s University, after one year of BA/MBA at McGill University and University of Toronto. She is a member of the Law Society of Upper Canada and is on the Roll of Solicitors in the UK. She sits on various international film festival and industry advisory boards and was named one of the Brave Thinkers of Indie Film, 2010 by Oscar-winning independent producer Ted Hope. In addition, Wendy writes and lectures on the digital sector (for e.g., for Sundance) and in May 2016 she wrote ‘‘An Update on International VOD Opportunities  Outside the US in the Indie Film Sector’’, updating her June 2014 opening chapter ‘‘Digital Distribution in Europe’’ in The Film Collaborative’s ebook ‘‘Selling Your Film Outside the U.S.’’